Wild Card Weekend IDP Preview
Published, 1/5/18

This weekend’s IDP Preview is all about matchups. We’re looking for players in great positions, and conversely avoiding those with slim chances. But when in doubt, please roll with the ones who got you here.

Notable IDPs Out This Week

David Irving (Dal) – Ankle
Jatavis Brown (LAC) – Ankle
Sidney Jones (Phi) – Hamstring
T.J. Green (Sea) – Personal


Notable IDPs Doubtful This Week

Brandon Mebane (LAC) – Personal
Aaron Lynch (Chi) – Elbow


Solid Plays

These players should put up good numbers this week based on their talent, plus a favorable matchup or other factors that give them a little extra boost this week.


Defensive Linemen

J.J. Watt (Hou) vs. Ind – He’s a no-doubt DL1 who had 2 sacks in both of the games against this Indy O-line this season. Indy’s O-line has improved a bit, but Watt will eat.

Khalil Mack (Chi) vs. Phi – Don’t let his two-game sackless streak fool you. Mack will be Foles-hunting with regularity at home.

Frank Clark (Sea) @ Dal – Oddly enough, the Dallas O-line and the mobile Dak Prescott have produced a ton of sacks, including 1 to Clark earlier this season.

Fletcher Cox (Phi) @ Chi – Cox has looked stronger and faster lately, and gets a vulnerable Chicago O-line


Linebackers

Roquan Smith (Chi) vs. Phi – The rookie continues to look better and better, and the production has grown by leaps and bounds. Nice mix of tackles and big plays in his role on this D.


Leighton Vander Esch (Dal) vs. Sea – Even with Sean Lee fully healthy and active lately, both Lee and the ‘Boys know Vander Esch needs to be on the field for almost every down. No worry here about playing time. And he gets a very LB-friendly offense.


Defensive Backs

Adrian Phillips (LAC) @ Bal – With Jatavis Brown out, Phillips should be the every-down ILB, and should post LB1-type production from the DB spot.


Tyrann Mathieu (Hou) vs. Ind – Mathieu has had two strong games this season against the Colts, posting at least 5 solos and a big play in each game.


Malcolm Jenkins (Phi) @ Chi – Jenkins continues to post dominant production in a more active role in this defense (ever since FS Rodney McLeod went down).


Shaky Plays

These players are normally a solid option, but this week is especially bad for them.

Defensive Linemen

Joey Bosa (LAC) @ Bal – It’s not for a lack of talent or opportunity. Baltimore’s O-line and the elusive Lamar Jackson have proven to be tough to get to. Bosa struggled a few weeks ago against them (but did manage a half-sack).


Brandon Williams (Bal) vs. LAC – Williams has not looked like himself lately, and his production has suffered.


Linebackers

Jordan Hicks (Phi) @ Chi – After a dominant early season, Hicks hasn’t looked the same since returning from injury. To the point that we wonder if he’s not fully healthy yet. He’s lacked production and speed lately.


Defensive Backs

Deon Bush (Chi) vs. Phi – Bush could have value if Eddie Jackson is Out, but Jackson is Questionable, so we’re not thrilled about trusting Bush with a valuable DB spot.